Reports out of the African nation of Nigeria, have confirmed that between 50 and 100 men and women have been arrested while partying at a hotel on allegations of homosexuality.
According to Nigeria’s LGBTI news website, NoStringsNG, police raided the hotel in the city of Asaba, which is located in the Delta State of Nigeria, at around 2 a.m. on Sunday June 10.
While arresting dozens of individuals on charges that they were gays and lesbians, the police allegedly also beat up some of the individuals and threatened everyone in attendance.
The hotel staff and management were included in the people arrested, who were taken to a police station in Asaba.
According to reports from human rights groups, some of those arrested included hotel staff and management have since filed statements and have been released on bail, while others were said to still be in custody, while it is unclear if and when they will be charged and tried.
The arrests follow recent anti-LGBTI legislation passed by the Nigerian state of Bemeu which would further criminalise members of the LGBTI community. According to NoStringsNG, the bill is called the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Law and is similar to the country’s already existing national Same-Sex Prohibition Act, which was enacted in 2014.
The newly passed bill will prohibit any marriage or civil union contracts between same-sex couples from being solemnised in religious institutions in the state. Gay clubs, organisations and societies will be prohibited from being established and registered under the bill and expressions of same-sex affection in public are banned.
Last Updated on Jun 14, 2018